13 Days Until I Leave For C2E2!

That means it’s crunch time on getting things finished for my cosplay! Last week I ordered this 32″ AK47 SWAT Team Assault Rifle for my Black Widow costume. It was actually kinda hard to find a toy gun for whatever reason. Plus they wanted $10-$13 for shipping! Luckily the BFF has Amazon Prime and ordered it for me which saved me some money. Today I spent some time spray painting the “wood” black to give it a more bad ass look.

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Not too shabby! I was even able to save 50% on the spray paint thanks to a coupon! I finally got around to ordering a wig for Rainbow Dash as well. I still need to put together a tank top for it and pick up some rainbow socks. I already have the shorts, wings, and tail! Honestly, those are the more important aspects of the costume.

C2E2 released their floor plans this week which means I’ve been studying it like I’ll be quizzed on it. I always like to have some idea of where I’m going floor wise. It’s actually pretty easy to get turned around when you’re trying to look at everything that’s going on. I have my panels selected as well even though this year feels a little light. I have my “typical” Marvel panels and a few others but nothing where if I miss it, I’ll be bummed. I actually see a lot of floor time in my future during this Con which is actually a good thing! I have a lot of friends that I want to catch up with and honestly, that’s the best part of any convention!

I am thinking about entering the Marvel booth cosplay contest though. I’m 99% sure I will but I’m just really nervous! There are some really great costumes out there and it can be really intimidating. Plus to be up on stage? I feel sick just thinking about it. I’ll just have to channel my inner Natasha though and get up there and kick some ass!

I just noticed I seem to write these posts when there’s 13 days to go. Hm, that’s odd and weird. Maybe 13 is my lucky number!

Whoa! I Was Given A Blogging Award!

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Stealing this one from Annie: Why/how did you choose the name of your blog?
The name comes from “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. He’s one of my favorite writers and that story is one of my favorite works. It’s dark and twisted, kinda like me. Here’s the line from the story:

Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded –with what caution –with what foresight –with what dissimulation I went to work! I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.

I’ve had many blogs over the years but this is a name I plan on keeping. Don’t worry though, I don’t have any hearts under my floorboards!

What is your go-to stress release?
I would probably say reading or music. Actually, anything that allows “me” time. Maybe it’s just staying in my room for a bit. Maybe it’s reading a book outside. It can even be blaring music while driving home. I don’t have one sure fire thing. I think it all depends on the stress and situation.

What inspires you?
This is a tough question. I guess everything does? I have the typical inspirations like family but my friends inspire me as well. Sometimes a random post on the internet inspires me, or a line in a movie. The world is filled with inspiration. You just have to be open to seeing it.

What is your all-time favorite TV show?
This is the most loaded question ever. I have to pick just one? What’s sad is a lot of my favorite shows started off strong, but then faded or ended horribly. “Dexter” will always be one of my favorites based on the earlier episodes. The last few seasons were a bit of a disappointment. I guess the one show that’s never really let me down (it had a few rough spots but they all do) would be “Psych” which just ended. It was always true to itself and hilarious to watch. A few of my favorite episodes include “Scary Sherrie’s Toast, “Tuesday the 17th,” and “Heeeeere’s Lassie!”

You’re on a deserted island. What do you HAVE to have with you?
Sunscreen! I don’t want to get sunburn! But on a serious note, a way to communicate with my friends and family. It could be an old school flip phone for all I care but I need something to keep in touch. I think that would help from going insane as well!

Now I’m supposed to pick five people and give them some questions to answer. I honestly don’t follow too many blogs (I’ve fallen behind again) but here we go!

1. The Nerdy Girlie
2. Travis The Grimm
3. Ginny In Boston
4. Christina Does It All
5. Glitzy Geek Girl

And now into the questions!

1. Has your blog helped you through any rough times?
2. What made you start blogging?
3. What was the last movie you saw? Would you recommend it?
4. Do you have any vacations planned?
5. If you came into a million dollars, how would you spend it?

I know, some real hard hitting stuff there! Again, I want to thank Mindy for selecting me! It was a surprise and appreciated!

Winter Soldier Wednesday: Yes, It’s Friday But I Was In Cleveland

It’s been a long and crazy week! I wanted to write something up sooner but my lack of sleep made it hard to function, let alone write anything that made sense. But I’ve caught up on some Z’s as much as I can and I’m ready to talk about Cleveland!

Monday night I headed off to Cleveland to meet up with Katy and a few other friends for the Captain America: Winter Soldier premiere! When the news was first announced it sounded like something huge. I figured it’s cheaper than trying to get to L.A. but by the end, it was really just a screening. The Russo Brothers did appear though! But first, we did some sightseeing. That means we went to the mall where “Avengers” and “Winter Soldier” filmed and did some fangirling. We might have even rode the escalators one too many times. Did I mention we were in costume as well? That means we had people stopping us for photos which was pretty hilarious and awesome. Everyone that approached us was super nice though. We wanted to check out more of the area but we headed back to the hotel to freshen up a bit before heading to the theater.

img_6260Of course that wouldn’t have been possible without Travis. He had arrived in town earlier on Monday than the rest of us and managed to get us two tickets to the screening! I was sitting in the airport when he told me! I almost started crying. He drove 8 hours to Cleveland to attend this and was introduced to the Russo Brothers at a raffle who then gave him tickets. How amazing is that? The directors of the movie gave Travis tickets! When does something like that ever happen? You can read all about it over on his blog.

Even though the screening wasn’t until the evening we arrived at the theater early to take a few photos in costume. After that we all got into line. We chatted with a few news crews and even ended up being on the news and on the Facebook page of one of the channels! You can view the video here.

Finally we were allowed to enter, get our wristbands, and head to our assigned theaters. I think they used four or five screens for this. Once inside though I think we waited maybe an hour (it felt like an hour anyway) before everything got started. A few important Cleveland folk gave some speeches and then Russo Brothers said a little something before the best Marvel movie ever played. And I mean that. As someone who enjoys all the MCU films, “Captain America: Winter Soldier” is the best. There’s just no arguing. I’ll probably do a proper review sometime next week. I’d like to give people a chance to see it first. I’ve seen it three times though (with 2 more viewings on the books for Saturday) and it’s still amazing. I’m still noticing little things I didn’t see or hear before.

Also, I might be doing a little Winter Soldier giveaway in the next week or so. I need to get myself back in order after this week. My flight home was at 6AM Wednesday which means I was up at 3:30AM and when I landed back home, I went right to work. Yes, I know. I hate myself.

And again, I can’t thank Travis enough for those tickets! He didn’t need to worry about us but he did and I appreciate that. Just shows there are still awesome people in the world!

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The Captain America & Steve Rogers Hot Toy Set!

My wallet can’t take much more of this but I won’t be able to pass this up. I have yet to get my hands on a Captain America and if I can kill two birds with one stone I’m in. The Steve Roger figure will go great with the Winter Soldier figure that was released last week. Here are some details about this set!

You can now order your set for $339.99. There is a $34 (I think) deposit that is taken today.

“The price of freedom is high… and it’s a price I’m willing to pay!” Marvel Studios’ latest superhero hit – Captain America: The Winter Soldier is sweeping theatres around the world and has been well received by fans and critics in many opening countries! In this exciting film, Captain America has joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and teamed up with Black Widow and Falcon to battle dangerous threats and confront the mysterious Winter Soldier. Hot Toys is proud to present a special collectible figures set which includes the highly anticipated new 1/6th scale Captain America in Stealth S.T.R.I.K.E. suit and Steve Rogers Collectible Figure.

The movie-accurate Captain America collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Chris Evans as Captain America in his Stealth S.T.R.I.K.E. suit in the film. It features a brand new helmeted head sculpt, finely tailored costume with embossed patterns, and a specially-made light blue metal shield.

The movie-accurate Steve Rogers collectible figure features a newly developed head sculpt with authentic likeness of Chris Evans, highly detailed costume, a specially-made heavy battle damaged metal shield, and a Captain America helmet. Fans of Captain America don’t miss out!

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The figure set doesn’t have a price listed yet and but I expect it to be up soon for ordering. I imagine today since the movie comes out tomorrow. If you’re new to Hot Toys, maybe check out this post where I talk about how to use payment plans to get your hands on these guys!

Why I Shop At Sideshow Collectibles

Since I’ve been posting a lot about all these amazing Hot Toy figures I thought I’d write up a little post with some information in case people were wondering how it all works. I’m not an expert at all, I’m brand new to this collecting thing, but here we go.

20140304_150537You can purchase Hot Toy figures at various online websites and even at certain local comic shops. I believe they have to be an authorized dealer but don’t quote me on that. The reason I use Sideshow though is because they seem to be a really awesome company. You can earn “Reward Points” on purchases which you can then save up and use later on. I actually did this with the Winter Soldier I purchased the other day. It can really help and if you’re someone who really gets into collecting you could easily pay for an entire item with points.

You don’t just get points from making purchases though. Normally around Halloween they have “Spooktacular” which is a fun little event they do. Everyday during the event (I can’t remember how long it runs for) you can find special reward codes on their website. That’s where 90% of my points came from! They range from as low as $5 and can go up to $50. They might have even offered higher values but I admit I was tardy to the party. My friend Mario clued me in but I was still able to get almost $100 in reward points. It’s really as simple as entering a code word on the website. I don’t think it gets any easier.

Another reason why I use them? Contests. They are always offering some sort of contest either via Twitter, Facebook, or their website. Some are as simple as filling out a form and some ask that you get a little creative. I was actually lucky enough to win a contest on Twitter! I won the Mandarin Hot Toy figure. Yup, I got a $200 item for free all because I took a few seconds to enter a contest!

Oh, did I mention the payment plans? Yes, they offer payment plans. Like most people, I can’t afford to shell out $200 at a time on something like a figure. That’s why I’m super thrilled that Sideshow allows you to make payments. In most cases it’s two or three (I’ve seen as high as four though) and the payment amount is split evenly. Here’s an example. This is my payment schedule for Black Widow:

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That means I won’t get charged anything until that first date. There is no hold put onto your card or anything like that. It’s really as simple as it sounds. When you select a payment plan you get to pick when you want the payments to happen as well.

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This is from the Winter Soldier page. I find this is really helpful, especially if you have a budget for the month and know when you normally have extra money. Sometimes it might be a day or two off depending on holidays. I had a payment that was due December 25th but since that’s Christmas, my payment wasn’t taken until the 27th. Just something to keep in mind! It doesn’t happen often but just wanted to throw it out there.

I think that pretty much covers. Their customer service is pretty great too. If something you’ve preordered has arrived earlier than planned, they’ll contact you and offer you options to pay earlier or move up payments. I had it happen with the Tony Stark Mechanic figure. They’re pretty quick to respond to emails and tweets. Susan, who runs the Twitter account for them, is amazing and is quick to help if she can, or at least point you in the right direction.

This post ended up being longer than I expected but if you have questions leave them in the comments. I’ll do my best to answer them or point you in the direction of someone who can!